More than 200,000 spectators lined the downtown streets of Long Beach, Calif., in April as 26 drivers battled for dominance in the 2012 IndyCar circuit.
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach -- third in this year's IndyCar Series -- drew the biggest names in the sport, including Team Penske, Andretti Autosport, A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Chip Ganassi Racing, and KV Racing Technology, among others. In this year's race, won by driver Will Power of Team Penske, the vehicles averaged 88mph over a 167-mile distance.
And if you've always dreamed of hanging with the pit crew at Indy, your opportunity has arrived. Littelfuse Inc. is sponsoring the Speed2Design contest that enables its winners to attend the race, visit the pits, and talk engineer-to-engineer with crew members.
In the meantime, Design News presents photos of the Long Beach event, courtesy of KV Racing and co-sponsors Littelfuse Inc. and Mouser Electronics. KV's car, driven by Tony Kanaan, finished fourth on the two-mile street circuit, improving 15 positions after starting at 19th.
Click the image below, and start your virtual engines!
Street circuits like those at Long Beach use multiple road surfaces, including concrete and asphalt, which put extra demands on the vehicle's suspension and tires, as well as on the driver.
Where to enter:
Click on the link to access the page with the entry form for the